Posts tagged ‘moda’

July 18th, 2010

Big Whimsy

by Julie Hirt

I can’t believe I finished it already!   Yesterday I spent…. oh, I ‘d say about 6 hours finishing up the quilting and it took me about 4 hours to do the hand binding on the back.  I was *determined* to get it in the wash and sleep with it last night.  It was a pretty big job to tackle and finish up but I’m glad I did – I love this quilt.

I used the Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda jelly roll and a lot of Kona cotton in white. Each block is roughly 10.5 and it turned out to be a rather large quilt.  It almost covers the entire top of our king size bed.  It’s bound in Whimsy’s Grass Clover Daisy which turned out pretty nice. I originally wanted one of the red fabrics but now I’m glad the fabric store didn’t have one available.

It’s a simple pattern, the blocks are just strips of white/color/white/color/white and turned every other one. I chose so much white because I didn’t want to use patterns butted up against each other.  It gets to be too busy looking for me. You can get almost 2 quilts out of a jelly roll using this method – I have just less than half of them left.  Each strip was cut into 4’s so I got the most mileage for the fabric.   The remaining fabric patterns are more kid friendly so I may make a stripey baby blanket with them.

This is my 3rd quilt and first big one – I think I’ll try to make them larger like this. It’s more work but so much better to wrap up with.

July 17th, 2010

Glimpse of Whimsy

by Julie Hirt

Whew!  This is a big quilt.  I wanted to share a little of what I’ll be working on all weekend.  It measures 72″ x 72″.

I used a Whimsy by Moda jelly roll alternating with Kona white.  I backed the quilt in Kona coal (inspired by Film in the Fridge) with a large strip of what the binding will eventually be.

This is a really big stipple job for my machine – trying to roll half of it into the arm AND be able to move around. I’m doing a large strip vertically and horizontally first, then it will get easier.

Penny Lane refused to be left out of the picture so I added one of Bojangles for good measure.

July 10th, 2010


by Julie Hirt

Here is it, my very first quilt!  Last night I finished sewing up the back of the binding…. by HAND.  Yeah, that took a little longer than anticipated but it turned out pretty good.  It’s been laundered on permanent press and dried on low. I was a little nervous it would fall apart but it’s fine and it’s starting to get that wrinkly quilt feel.

For this quilt I used Moda Makin’ New Friends charm pack sashed with 3.5″ of a gold fabric from my local fabric store, Harper’s.  Since it’s my first quilt and I wasn’t sure if I was going to try free motion quilting I just got my backing and border fabrics from Joann’s.   The backing is a cute little red gingerbread man print.  Thought of doing flannel but wasn’t sure of trying that yet – I’m not so afraid now.

I ended up quilting it the ‘stitch in the ditch’ method because I want to practice the free motion on some scraps first. The measurement’s are 47″ x 55″ so roughly 4′ x 4.5′ which is a pretty good size for a throw blanket.  Overall I’m pretty happy with it!

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